Push for gas

But switch needs res­i­dents’ vote

Pinjarra Murray Times - - NEWS - Vanessa Sch­mitt

Fal­con and Dawesville res­i­dents have shown strong sup­port for the in­tro­duc­tion of retic­u­lated nat­u­ral gas to the lo­cal area.

FAL­CON and Dawesville res­i­dents have in­di­cated strong sup­port for the in­tro­duc­tion of retic­u­lated nat­u­ral gas to the lo­cal area, based on early re­sults of a res­i­dent sur­vey.

Nat­u­ral gas net­work ATCO is con­duct­ing an on­line sur­vey to gauge res­i­dent in­ter­est in con­nect­ing to nat­u­ral gas if it was avail­able. Early indi­ca­tions demon­strate strong sup­port for the po­ten­tial pro­gram.

Busi­ness de­vel­op­ment and cus­tomer ex­pe­ri­ence gen­eral man­ager Rus­sell James said the num­ber of pos­i­tive re­sponses in­di­cated there was com­mu­nity sup­port, but more re­spon­dents were needed.

“Com­pared to other sources of en­ergy, nat­u­ral gas of­fers a lower car­bon foot­print and lower costs,’ he said.

“ATCO would like the res­i­dents of Fal­con and Dawesville to be able to ac­cess these ben­e­fits.

“By com­plet­ing our short sur­vey, you will help us de­ter­mine if there is enough com­mu­nity in­ter­est in nat­u­ral gas for it to be fea­si­ble to un­der­take the work.”

When the sub­urbs of Fal­con and Dawesville were first es­tab­lished, retic­u­lated nat­u­ral gas was not avail­able as an en­ergy op­tion for house­holds.

Over time, the de­vel­op­ment of neigh­bour­ing sub­urbs has brought nat­u­ral gas to the sur­round­ing ar­eas.

Re­sults from ATCO’s sur­vey will be used to help the com­pany de­ter­mine whether or not to pro­ceed with the works.

“If com­mu­nity in­ter­est is as strong as early indi­ca­tions sug­gest, we would then un­der­take de­tailed plan­ning and cost as­sess­ments,” Mr James said.

“If the work is fea­si­ble, we will po­ten­tially un­der­take the works within a 1218 month pe­riod.”

Let­ters from ATCO have been de­liv­ered to res­i­dents ex­plain­ing the process.

To com­plete the sur­vey visit https://sur­vey.bet­ter­ad­dgas.com.au.

ATCO's gen­eral man­ager Rus­sell James with Dawesville MLA Zak Kirkup.

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